Corona: Warum Großbritan­nien jetzt deutlich besser dasteht

Die Briten zeigen keine Schadenfreude. Aber eine gewisse Genugtuung kann man ihnen angesichts dieser Zahlen nicht übel nehmen:

Quelle: Telegraph

Ja, die dunkle Linie sind wir. Und die einzige Linie, die runtergeht, ist die von Großbritannien. Warum, fragt man sich, haben doch die Briten in der ersten Welle nicht gerade geglänzt und mit ihrem “Freedom Day” und der Fußball-EM als Super-Spreader-Event alles falsch gemacht.

Nun, die Briten sehen das anders, wie der Telegraph erklärt:

  • “Whether by pandemic foresight or serendipity, the UK was right after all to ignore the World Health Organisation and let Covid-19 spread in a semi-controlled fashion through the summer and early autumn. This policy was deemed reckless by Europe’s leaders and media. Yet the effect was to pull forward infections before vaccine immunity faded and to spread the strain across several months, allowing the virus to burn through the remaining pockets of the unvaccinated before the NHS winter crunch.” – bto: frühere Infektionen, weil ohnehin klar ist, dass wir es alle bekommen.
  • “Much of Europe is now going through its own ordeal of waning protection but with a six-week lag and with less overall immunity. It is happening just as the flu season arrives – with double its normal intensity – and in the less benign circumstances of approaching winter.” – bto: Wir bekommen also eine Häufung von Infektionen bei geringerem Impfschutz.
  • Britain’s Covid cases in intensive care are a quarter of prior peaks. The chart in Germany is entirely different. The ratio is rocketing and is expected to surpass the previous peak by a wide margin, given that the declared 7-day incidence rate (386.5) is still climbing and more people are reaching cliff-edge immunity thresholds. The Robert Koch Institute says deaths in Germany are heading for 400 a day.” – bto: wiederum die Folge falscher Corona-Politik.
  • “This is an extraordinary state of affairs since Germany can justly claim to have one of the highest ratios of ICU beds per head in the world, along with lockdown Austria as it happens. The fact that even this formidable line of defence is near collapse shows how lethally unpredictable this delta wave has become, but it also shows that Europe made a criminal error in rubbishing and rejecting the AstraZeneca vaccine.” – bto: Jetzt wird es interessant!
  • “Pascal Soriot, AstraZeneca’s chief executive, came very close to saying on the BBC Today programme that the startling divergence in hospitalisation rates is because the messenger RNA vaccines mostly used in Europe – Pfizer-BioNTech and the Moderna – offer less protection where it really matters. There has always been a misleading focus on ‘efficacy’ rates. The mRNA vaccines score better under this quick and dirty measure of antibodies, catching the ‘frontline fighters’ that act fastest. It is much harder to determine the crucial levels of cell memory protection from the heavy artillery: B and T cells. These take time to kick into action but they last longer and are a critical part of the defence.” – bto: O. k., jetzt können wir sagen, dass das natürlich der Chef von Astra erzählt. Allerdings habe ich Ärzte, die mir das bestätigen. Was wiederum auch nicht genügt als Aussage, ich weiß. Dennoch interessant.
  • “‘Everybody focused on antibodies but these antibodies decline over time. What remains is the T-cell response,’ he said. ‘This vaccine has been shown to stimulate a T-cell response to a higher degree in older people. We haven’t seen a lot of hospitalisations in the UK. A lot of infections to be sure, but what matters is how ill you are,’ he said.” – bto: Weil wir es alle bekommen, ist das in der Tat der relevante Faktor.
  • “Immunologists long thought it likely that AstraZeneca’s adenovirus jab would have stronger cell memory. That supposition has been fleshed out by research over recent months, notably a study in Nature Immunology by scientists from Oxford and Swiss universities.” – bto: Andererseits ist es bei einer neuen Krankheit auch normal, dass wir dazulernen. (Was vielleicht nicht für die Politiker gilt.)
  • “Right now, the possibility that AstraZeneca has come up trumps is not in the mental universe of Europe’s political class, where the concept of T-cell memory has never really been understood. Germany is gripped by a surreal scandal because some people will have to take a Moderna vaccine rather than the patriotic BioNTech vaccine in short supply.” – bto: Letzteres stimmt natürlich. Das fehlende Verständnis für T-Zellen kann ich allerdings verstehen.
  • How is Emmanuel Macron going to explain his public remark that the AstraZeneca jab was almost useless? How will the EU authorities explain their decision to ban the vaccine for older people who would have benefited most?” – bto: Da bin ich völlig unbesorgt. Diese Frage wird keiner stellen.
  • “By twist of fate, this fifth wave of Continental Covid is colliding with the most serious energy supply crisis this century. (…) The danger for the European project is that EU member countries will dust down national security laws and hoard whatever power and gas they do have in order to weather the crisis, leading to a breakdown of the integrated energy market. The Kremlin knows this is an Achilles heel, and therefore has an added incentive to tighten the screws. The odds of this ending badly for Europe are shortening by the day.” – bto: O. k., hier geht es um die Freude am Brexit. Das würde ich nicht so hoch hängen.
  • “Europe’s winter crisis reshuffles the pandemic pack. It shows that Britain’s quirky Sonderweg in pandemic management over recent months was better than it looked, and that European leaders were unwise to point fingers. They were certainly too quick to declare victory in their own countries. Mr Macron still insists that his country will avoid the winter mayhem because of the success of his vaccine passport regime. He may discover instead that France is just as vulnerable as neighbouring states, and that it was a double-edged strategy to suppress the virus through the summer before vaccine immunity for the elderly faded.” – bto: Das wäre in der Tat sehr interessant anzusehen. Noch glaube ich das nicht.
  • “There is a whiff of mutiny in the European air, like the mood in 1917 when long-suffering soldiers turned on their officers. (…) In state after state the discriminatory policies smack of majoritarian abuse, egged on by a bossy metropolitan Leitkultur and an unquestioning press corps in ways that would be instantly recognisable to the late Hannah Arendt.” – bto: ganz vorne mit dabei – leider – der ÖRR.